Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5.
While still on sale on this part of the world, the C5 has been discontinued in Europe mainly due to low sales. With this in mind, Citroen is hoping to give the current version the rest it deserves by coming out with a new model that it hopes to unveil by the start of the Shanghai Motor Show, which is set for April.
At present, there is still no actual model as the preview that Citroen has shown is available in two design sketches with one for the exterior and the other for its interior. Initial impression for the design though is not that optimistic, given that instead of revealing a new generation, the drafts simply show a facelift. Early photos though have shown that the front end will be redesigned entirely. In addition to having new headlights, the bumper and the grille will be new as well ensuring that it does have a new look.
The sketches do reveal that significant changes have been made on the interior. For example, the dashboard has a new form and even has a new digital instrument cluster integrated to it. Then there is the center display that looks to be styled like a table. In fact, it is easy to see that the cabin has a layout similar to the C6. This is the flagship model of Citroen for the Chinese market and is currently on sale in this part of the world.
In terms of what is under the hood, early details hint that the new C5 may possibly be equipped with the same engines as those on the present models being sold. This means that it will either have the turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline unit capable of 167 hp (124 kW) or the larger turbocharged 1.8-liter version that can deliver 204 hp (152 kW) with peak torque of 207 lb.-ft. (280 Nm). Regardless of the engine though, the power delivered is channeled to the front wheels through the automatic six-speed transmission.
Citroen will not be including the hydractive hydropneumatic suspension with the new C5 as it was removed from the portfolio not only due to low customer demand but also because of the high production costs.
It was in the middle of 2016 when Citroen revealed that despite at least eight years in the market, the C5 has not attained the expected success with sales going down since its peak back in 2010. It was at this time when Citroen managed to receive a total of 115,000 orders for the C5. However, the case was worse in the U.K. market with sales in 2015 of just 237 units. This is 0.5% of the sales that it had recorded from 2001 to 2004. This is the main reason why the brand decided to discontinue this range for the particular market.